FIRST Nuclear Security Program Advisor

Clearance Level
National Security Analysis
Washington, District of Columbia
Hybrid Workplace
Key Skills For Success

National Security



REQ#: RQ174665
Requisition Type: Regular
Your Impact

Own your opportunity to work alongside federal civilian agencies. Make an impact by providing services that help the government ensure the well being of U.S. citizens.

Job Description
  • The Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (ISN/CTR) funds, manages, and implements programs that seek to mitigate the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) being developed and used by proliferator states and non-state actors against the United States or our allies. 
  • ISN/CTR funds, manages, and implements the Foundational Infrastructure for the Responsible Use of Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Technology (FIRST) program – a multi-agency U.S. government initiative that provides capacity building support to help partner countries:

    • Establish a civil nuclear power program under the highest international standards for nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation
    • Take advantage of next generation nuclear energy innovations and technologies in their sustainable energy plans
    • Meet their clean, reliable energy goals while protecting the global climate
    • Deepen relationships through government, industry, national laboratory, and university engagements

    GDIT is seeking a candidate who will assist ISN/CTR in developing, implementing, and coordinating FIRST and related program nonproliferation capacity-building efforts.  The candidate will be responsible for providing strategic diplomatic and programmatic advice, including on financial management, and advising team members and technical experts on ways to execute program activities and advance the FIRST team’s strategy.  The candidate will also be responsible for supporting relevant policy development and implementation within the State Department and coordinating with other U.S. Government departments and agencies as needed. 

    In addition, the candidate will be responsible for ISN/CTR’s civil nuclear security programming efforts, which focus currently on the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  CTR’s programmatic efforts evolve in response to the international security environment and seek to reinforce U.S. national security objectives in a dynamic environment.  To this end, we welcome candidates who can develop, coordinate, and implement innovative strategies to address the pressing nuclear security, proliferation, safety, and sovereignty challenges posed by aggressive civil nuclear reactor exports.

    Candidate should possess skills and experience in process improvement, change management, and organizational development, demonstrating creative ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, implementing concepts, and consulting with senior leadership in the facilitation of meaningful results during problem-solving.

    While the ISN/CTR headquarters is in Washington, DC, the position is telework-eligible. International travel will be required.


    • Developing, coordinating with the interagency, and implementing country-specific engagement strategies in partnership with host government officials, including at senior levels, and advancing time-sensitive and complex capacity-building projects, both remotely and internationally, tailored to the partner’s priority needs.
    • Leveraging one’s own networks and experience to manage complex and sensitive relationships with interagency partners such as the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Commerce Department, Department of Defense, and State Department partners from country desks, embassies, and within the ISN Bureau in a manner that advances ISN/CTR’s programmatic goals and directs complementary capabilities in a whole-of-U.S.-nuclear-sector effort to address these threats.
    • Participating in the review of threat reduction project proposals and making recommendations concerning the approval and funding of proposals.
    • Advise ISN/CTR’s budget planning process, to include the preparation of grants, cooperative agreements, and Interagency Agreement documents; financial monitoring; financial reconciliation; and financial close out.
    • Briefing high-level officials in the Department of State, interagency, foreign governments, and senior nuclear industry executives on ISN/CTR programmatic activities.
    • Representing ISN/CTR in domestic and foreign meetings as required, and additional tasks in support of ISN/CTR at home or abroad as assigned.
    • Other activities as assigned by the ISN/CTR Office Director and Deputy Director, Team Chief, and Deputy Team Chief.


    • Demonstrated prior experience working on USG international nonproliferation, nuclear energy, scientific, or other WMD nonproliferation programs.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication, diplomacy, teamwork, and project management skills.
    • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree or better is preferred) and a minimum of 8+ years’ experience. An international affairs, policy, or technical background is preferred but not required.
    • General familiarity with civil nuclear reactor technology ideally including small modular reactors, threat reduction programming, the risks of nuclear proliferation, and implementation of capacity-building for foreign partners.
    • International travel will be required, and foreign language skills are a plus.
    • The candidate must be able to receive and maintain a U.S. Government security clearance.

    ● 401K with company match
    ● Comprehensive health and wellness packages
    ● Internal mobility team dedicated to helping you own your career
    ● Professional growth opportunities including paid education and certifications
    ● Cutting-edge technology you can learn from
    ● Rest and recharge with paid vacation and holidays

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Work Requirements
Years of Experience

8 + years of related experience

* may vary based on technical training, certification(s), or degree


Travel Required



U.S. Citizenship Required

Salary and Benefit Information

The likely salary range for this position is $102,000 - $138,000. This is not, however, a guarantee of compensation or salary. Rather, salary will be set based on experience, geographic location and possibly contractual requirements and could fall outside of this range.
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About Our Work

We are GDIT. A global technology and professional services company that delivers consulting, technology and mission services to every major agency across the U.S. government, defense and intelligence community. Our 30,000 experts extract the power of technology to create immediate value and deliver solutions at the edge of innovation. We operate across 30 countries worldwide, offering leading capabilities in digital modernization, AI/ML, Cloud, Cyber and application development. Together with our clients, we strive to create a safer, smarter world by harnessing the power of deep expertise and advanced technology.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.